The retrial of a 25-year-old Fairbanks man charged with killing one man and severely wounding another in a 2016 nightclub shooting was canceled Thursday after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree assault.
Tevyn Alonza Davis was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree weapons misconduct. According to state prosecutors, Davis shot 27-year-old Michael Hodges and his cousin Jesse Anderson after a bar fight spilled outside of Bojangles nightclub in the early morning hours of Sept. 4, 2016. Hodges was killed but Anderson survived after lengthy stay in the hospital.
The gun used to kill Hodges and injure Anderson was never found. Davis’ then girlfriend, Gabrielle Haynes, testified at his first trial that he threw the gun in the Chena River sometime after the shooting.
A Fairbanks jury heard 15 days of testimony but was unable to reach a verdict after 3 1/2 days of deliberation. A mistrial was declared Dec. 18, 2018.
Davis was scheduled to be retried in Fairbanks Superior Court on Aug. 6, 2019, but the trial was delayed after Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Crail notified the court she had new evidence that Davis purchased a second gun a month before the shooting.
Davis’ defense attorney negotiated for a plea agreement with the state and a plea hearing was scheduled for July 25, 2019. Davis backed out of the deal the night before the hearing and a new trial was set to begin on Monday.
The defense filed notice of intent to change Davis’ plea early Thursday morning. Davis’ plea was heard Thursday afternoon at a previously scheduled status hearing regarding the trial.
According to the terms of the plea, Davis will be sentenced to 20 to 30 years of active imprisonment, with additional suspended time to be determined by Fairbanks Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy.
Davis will be sentenced on May 4.
Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.